My YourBash! Wedding Design at The Grand Del Mar via The Knot’s ‘Wed 100’ Series

Me (taking care of business on the phone!) and the bride + bridesmaids

Me (taking care of business on the phone!) and the bride + bridesmaids

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m proud to announce that The Knot is featuring one of our recent YourBash! wedding designs as a part of their Wed 100 Series.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.36.51 AMWe had the pleasure of both designing and producing this beautiful San Diego wedding held at the luxurious Grand Del Mar.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.37.21 AMThe bride’s stunning Vera Wang wedding gown inspired all of my design choices for every aspect of the ceremony and reception.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.37.53 AMWith such a gorgeous dress and venue already in place, I was able to stick to a “less is more” design aesthetic.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.35.42 AMSimple cafe tables with cream linens and white flowers greeted guests as they made their way into the reception hall.

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My favorite touch? The over 500 candles we used on the reception tables to provide an intimate glow for an evening of delicious food, drinks and dancing. To read more about my design choices for this wedding, click HERE. To see a full photo album from this wedding, click HERE.  

I’m also currently designing the The Knot’s Gala to be held on October 14. Tune in here or my Twitter and Instagram (@yourbashbworley) for behind-the-scenes tips and pictures as the event unfolds.
-Brian

Friday Favorites: David Brian Sanders Candles!

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Hey Ya’ll,

To kick-off this lovely season of giving, my friend David has offered to give away a beautiful candle from his private collection!

***UPDATE: Our winner is Danny of 1227 Foster <–Do yourself a favor, and check out his amazing blog! Congrats, Danny! Shoot me an email at brianworley007@gmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll get your DBS Candle in the mail ASAP!***

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David Brian Sanders is one of the most sought after interior designers in Los Angeles and nationwide, and I’m lucky to call him a friend.

A sampling of the serene and chic spaces David has created.

His fragrance candles come in four signature scents, two sizes and are ready to give in a beautiful white box, finished with a neat ribbon tied in a bow. In fact, they make the perfect gift for your host or hostess over the holidays (never come to a party empty handed!). I love David’s candles because they’re just like his interior designs, simple yet luxurious and never over-powering.

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Enter today’s Friday Fav giveaway for a chance to *WIN* the candle pictured above by doing the following:

1) LIKE David on Facebook, HERE.

2) LIKE my fan page on Facebook, HERE or follow me on Twitter, HERE.

3) Leave a comment on THIS post about WHO you are planning on gifting this lovely candle to over the holidays (It can be yourself, if you’d like!).

Thanks for entering and good luck! Happy holidays!
-Brian

**Contest ends Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at midnight. Check this post for a winner announcement next Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Contest limited to residents of the United States only.**

Simple DIY Halloween Decor Projects to Make With Your Kids!

Hey ya’ll,

Halloween is almost here! So today, I’m featuring four simple DIY décor projects you can do with your kids that will leave your home or yard super spooky for party guests or trick-or-treaters.

Project #1: Ghostly Walkway

Put that collection of milk jugs in your recycling bin to good use by creating this lovely ghost-lit walkway!

Directions

  1. For this project, you need several milk jugs, some black construction paper or a black Sharpie and enough artificial candles to fill the jugs. (You can also use white twinkle lights!.
  2. Wash and dry each milk jug.
  3. Once dry, use a knife to cut a small hole in the bottom of each jug.
  4. Make ghost faces for each jug by cutting out a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the black construction paper.
  5. Turn the jug so that the handle faces the back. Glue the faces onto the front of the jug and place an artificial candle inside.
  6. Line the jugs along your walkway and turn the candles on. The jugs light up, illuminating the faces.

Pro Tip: You can also use white Christmas lights to light up the ghosts. Simply line the ghosts along the pathway, and insert a handful of the string lights inside each jug by cutting a hole in the back.

Project #2: Mad-Scientist Jars

Gather up your old canning jars and convert a table into a mad scientist’s lab. As for what to put inside each jar, use your imagination and then top it off with some water and different shades of food coloring. Look online for plastic fingers, eyeballs, and other body parts to fill your specimen jars. Make the jars and the rest of your decor seem even creepier by adding some glow sticks! Turn off overhead lights or switch them out with colored light bulbs, to increase the creepiness factor in your home.

Directions

  1. Collect a few glass jars in different sizes, such as mason jars, spaghetti jars, or old baby food containers.
  2. Find an object to place in each jar. For example, you could pop the head off an old Barbie doll and stick it inside one of the jars. Gummy worms are also a great option!
  3. Last, fill the jar with water and drop in two drops of food coloring.

Pro Tip: Around the Halloween season, craft stores sell small, plastic party favors. These party favors, including miniature skeletons, eyeballs, and severed limbs, all work well in specimen jars.

Project #3: Massive Lawn Spider

Spiders fit right into a spooky Halloween theme. You can transform a few black trash bags into a giant spider that fits on your front porch, or up in a tree. You can also make multiple giant spiders and cluster them across the front and sides of your home.

Directions

  1. You need nine black trash bags and stuffing such as newspaper, left over packing materials, or even leaves.
  2. Fill one trash bag with stuffing and tie it closed to create the spider’s body.
  3. Hold the second trash bag on its side and fill the length with stuffing.
  4. Wrap the empty bag around the stuffing several times, so that it looks like a spider’s arm, and secure it with a tie. Repeat this for the other seven legs.
  5. Use a glue gun to secure the legs to the body.

Pro Tip: You can cut off the bottom of red Solo cups and then glue them onto the body to make eyes. Use as many as you want!

Project #4: Vampire Pumpkins

I first saw this project on MarthaStewart.com, but then I found a fellow WordPress-er who attempted the project, so I decided to feature her tutorial instead. Click HERE to go to her blog, Shelter, where you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to turn cute miniature pumpkins into blood-thirsty vampires with beady red-eyes and a mouth full of fangs!

Here’s how mine came out: This project was fun, cheap and easy! I got my pumpkins for $1 each and purchased a 10-pack of plastic fangs for $2 at Target. When pumpkin shopping, I recommend getting a variety of sizes and colors. For the eyes, I used pearl-top long pins and painted them with a cheap bottle of red nail polish I grabbed at the drugstore. I’m still debating whether or not I should add blood to the vampires mouth and fangs… thoughts?

Let me know if you attempt any of these fun Halloween décor projects. In the meantime, what’s your favorite item to decorate with for Halloween? Candelabras? Cobwebs? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy crafting!
-Brian

How to Personalize Your Wedding with Lighting

Hey Ya’ll,

Happy hump day! I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. Let me know what you were up to over the holiday in the comment section below. Today’s tip, as featured by Wedding Bells magazine, is all about personalizing your wedding through lighting.

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Lighting changes everything. The type of lighting you choose is a huge factor in setting the mood for both your ceremony and your reception. Be creative with the lighting above your guests…

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…as well as on the tables and walls…

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…and even the floor below!

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If you’re going for a romantic, vintage-feel, candles are a beautiful choice. They light up the space in such a natural way, and so the more candles to illuminate the room, the better!

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If you want to take a modern approach, LED lighting that can change color throughout the evening is a great choice.

Use this type of lighting to create fun and different vibes as you change from speeches to food to dancing.

For a rustic wedding or any reception that takes place outdoors, consider twinkling lights or glowing lanterns hung from the rafters or surrounding trees.

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For a green option, you can even use solar powered lighting or upcycle old mason jars on your wedding day!

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These are just a few of the simple ways that you can light up your wedding ceremony and reception in a way that its uniquely YOU!
-Brian

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DIY Patio Lighting Perfect for Savoring Summer Nights!

Hey Ya’ll,

Since the summer is almost over, I thought I’d feature a few cool DIY solutions for lighting up everyone’s favorite place to spend a hot summer night: the patio!

Most of the projects I found require either a string of lights or votive candles, in addition to the materials you decide to accessorize with (many of which can be found around the house and up-cycled!).

Think Green: If you want to be more eco-friendly, opt for the projects that utilize candles and recycled items. If you decide to use string lights, be sure to purchase energy-efficient LED lights.

One thing is for sure, no matter which one of the projects below strikes your fancy, you’ll end up with lovely patio lighting that’s perfect for savoring what’s left of these hot summer nights under the stars. Enjoy!

Items you’ll need to make these mini fabric lamps via http://www.itstaylormade.com/2012/06/mini-fabric-lamps.html

Drill holes to hang from string lights or simply insert candles! Image and Tutorial via http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-tin-can-into-a-gorgeous-outdoor-lantern-for-summer-parties/

Same idea as above, but with bright spray paint! Image and Tutorial via
http://narcissusfloralstudio.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/diy-patio-lights/

Fun project to do with the kids! Image and Tutorial via http://putitinajar.com/crafts/solar_powered_fabric_mason_jar/

Which one of these projects is your favorite? If you have any other fantastic ideas for DIY patio lighting, leave them in the comment section below.
-Brian

My Top Five Tips for Creating Stunning Tablescapes!

Hey Ya’ll,

When it comes to creating stunning tablescapes, I always try to focus on five key elements to ensure that my designs are as extraordinary as the event.

First, remember to keep your centerpieces either very low or very high. I like to either use items that are no taller than twelve inches, or create taller centerpieces using a thin or transparent base, so that your guests can see each other while seated.

Typically, guests are seated next to someone they already know or came with, so help keep the conversation flowing throughout the evening by giving everyone at the table an opportunity to meet their table-mates. This makes for a much more fun evening than one where flowers are blocking your view and ability to socialize. Remember, you’re spending a lot of time and money on your centerpieces with the hope that they will be admired by your guests, not pushed to the side so that they aren’t blocking everyone’s line of vision.

Second, when I design a wedding or event I always like to create what I call “Hills and Valleys”.  This means mixing tall arrangements that are eye level and will always be seen, with shorter arrangements that add color and texture to each table. I recommend using a combination of different varieties and styles rather than just one unified arrangement.

Variety is the spice of life and so having three different versions that share a cohesive style will make the reception look more unique and up-scale, as opposed to a corporate event where everything is often uniform.

Third, stunning tablescapes don’t always require extravagant floral arrangements as the centerpiece. Try using potted plants like orchids and succulents in beautiful arrangements that all of your guests can take home at the end of the evening.

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This is an excellent “GREEN” option, and perfect for charity events because you can sell the arrangements at the end of the evening as an opportunity to make your money back and cover the cost of the decor.

Forth, I love incorporating lots of candles when creating a stunning and romantic tablescape.  Natural lighting is one of the best ways to create impact while keeping your budget in check. If you are spending money on beautiful table arrangements, you need to “pin spot” them to ensure that they get the pop of light they deserve. Pin spotting is when you light each table from the ceiling or from lights around the room that are focused directly on the centerpiece so that it pops! If your budget restricts having pin spots, bump up the amount of candles you are using in order to create your own natural glow to illuminate your centerpiece… if you are paying to have a centerpiece, it is important to light them so everyone sees them throughout the entire event.

Fifth, if flowers and candles are not your thing or your budget just won’t allow for them, you can still create a stunning tablescape with a little creativity!  Try building your centerpieces out of found objects or items that relate to the event in some way. A collection of giant shells, vintage books, interesting rocks, unique blown glass, feathers, or interesting uses of paper, are all great alternative tablescape materials.

Images via my friends at The Hollywood Candy Girls: http://www.customcandybuffetbars.com

You could even use edible centerpieces or build a mini “candy island” (aka candy buffet) on each table using your favorite candies with jars and scoops.

Be sure to include small to-go bags though, so you’re not left with buckets of leftover candy. Have fun with it and try to think outside of the box!

Your tables scapes are the cherry on top of the event you’re designing! Use this opportunity to create something extraordinary that will keep your guests buzzing all night. Good luck!
-Brian

Friday Favorites: Wildflower Linen Giveaway!!!!

Image Credit: Gene Higa

Hey Ya’ll,

Today’s Friday Favorite is one of my biggest sources of design inspiration as an event planner and one of the leading designers and producers of specialty table linens and chair covers for event rentals in the world: Wildflower Linen.

Founder Youngsong Martin, formerly a nationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wildflower Linen in 2001. I personally had the pleasure of working with her for the first time while hosting the show “Shedding for the Wedding”.

Image from “Shedding for the Wedding” via Pam Scott Photography – http://www.pamelascott.net

Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen industry in terms of style, glamor and customer care, while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad, for functions of all sizes, budgets and occasions.

Image Credit: Gene Higa http://www.genehiga.com

As an event planner and designer, I often log onto the Wildflower Linen website to see what is new for the season, or what they have to offer and find inspiration there.

Image Credit: Bauman Photography – http://www.baumanphotographers.com

Linen is a great place to make a statement when designing an event because tables often take up a large portion of a venue and this allows you to incorporate color, patterns and really create a unique space.

Wildflower Linen’s gorgeous line of rental table linens and chair covers has not only dressed the tables of high-end events like the ones that I have helped produce over the years, they’ve also been featured on the big screen in Hollywood blockbusters like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part”, as the exclusive linens of Edward and Bella’s wedding!

Image Credit: Line 8 Photography – http://www.line8.net

Now, I don’t know if any of you consider yourselves “Twi-hards”, but even if you’ve never seen the popular vampire flicks, you have to admit that’s pretty cool!

Wildflower Linen also recently launched their new line of accessories, some of which were inspired by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” series. The new line features specialty items like table runners, decorative pillow cushions, napkin rings and candle collections including the “Kristy Rice for Wildflower Linen” Collection. And today, they are giving away a chic table runner to one of my lucky readers!!! See below for an example of their table runners, and to find out how to enter…

To enter for a chance to WIN a Wildflower Linen designer table runner (90″L x 18″W):

1. ‘LIKE’ Wildflower Linen on Facebook HERE.

2. Leave a comment below this post, letting me know why your table needs sprucing up with one of Wildflower’s lovely runners.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comment section below by next Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9AM PST. Be sure to check back then to see if you’re our lucky winner!!!

Image Credit: Gene Higa – http://www.genehiga.com

In the meantime, I highly recommend Wildflower Linens to anyone looking to add the utmost in style and elegance to a function’s tabletops, place settings, and chairs–and now, even your home!
-Brian

Find them on the web at: www.wildflowerlinens.com & www.wildflowerlinens.com/blog
Follow them at: www.facebook.com/wildflowerlinen & www.twitter.com/wildflowerlinen
***Giveaway limited to U.S. residents only.***